Ettah Promises Continuity as UAC Trophy Race Returns to Lagos Yacht Club  

The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Larry Ettah, reiterated his company’s commitment to the development of sailing as a sport in Nigeria as their flagship event UAC Trophy Race, sponsored by MDS Logistics, returned for it’s fifth season with fun and fanfare at the Lagos Yacht Club, Victoria Island last Saturday.
The sailing championship had gone on break after the last edition in 2013, but UAC of Nigeria Plc in partnership with MDS Logistics ensured the event made a comeback much to the delight of sailing fans who came out in their numbers to witness participants fight for honours on the Atlantic.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, the GMD/CEO of UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Ettah, hailed the quality of the competition which saw over 22 boats and 60 sailors battle it out in three categories, Hobie class, Lightning class and Mixed Monohull in very punishing conditions, while he assured fans that the UAC Trophy has come to stay.
He said: “When you have a successful event like this you get encouraged and we believe there are reasons to continue. Our aim is to encourage Nigerians to make use of the water, we have water all around us and with the recession, Nigerians should learn to to explore. We can’t just focus only on the competitions on land.”
“From what we have seen today, we are happy and those who came on board to sponsor this event like MDS Logistics we believe are happy as well.”
On hand to present awards to winners, who went home with trophies and attractive prizes, were; Mr Solomon Aigbavboa (Managing Director, MDS Logistics), Mr Bhushan Akshikar (Managing Director, GSK Pharma), Mr Taiwo Ajibola (GM Operations MDS Logistics), Mr David Kruyt (Commodore of Lagos Yacht Club) and a host of others.
While the winners after up to three hours of race were; Hobie: 1st position – Phat Bouy II, 2nd position – Cavin & Hobbes, 3rd position – Down Under. Lightning: 1st position – Orieoda, 2nd position – Gac Spirit, 3rd position – Zeus. Mixed Monohulls: 1st position – Tamanko, 2nd position – Flying Dutchman, 3rd position – Rule the Waves.
The UAC Trophy Race has evolved into a foremost recreational sailing championship in the country and this year’s editions did not disappoint as the creme of both the sailing and business world converged to witness a successful season five of the competition.